Call for Proposals: Concurrent Sessions

The call for proposals for 2015 concurrent sessions has closed.

2015 Community Health Conference
October 7-9, 2015
Cragun's Conference Center, Brainerd

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The 2015 Community Health Conference will be held October 7, 8, and 9, 2015, at Cragun's Conference Center in Brainerd. Concurrent session presenters must be available on Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9th. MDH will develop the conference schedule after presenters are determined.

Session Format

Sessions formats may include individual presentations, panel discussions, skill-building activities, demonstrations, games, theatrical performances, multi-media shows, and more! Please contact the conference coordinators for information on AV and internet capabilities.

Session Expectations

  • All sessions run 70 minutes total
  • Each session will be limited to three presenters
  • All selected applicants are expected to work with conference staff to incorporate feedback from the conference planning workgroup into their presentation

Selection Criteria

Selection of concurrent session proposals is based on the session's ability to:

  • Support the overall conference theme and address at least one of the conference learning objectives
  • Run within the time allotted (60-minute presentation, 10-minute Q&A)
  • Include a perspective related to local public health or community-based health (presentations that include multiple perspectives are encouraged)
  • Provide ready-to-use or adaptable tools, resources, or other materials
  • Suggest an engaging, dynamic, or interactive format for conference participants
  • State two to three learning objectives that participants will achieve
  • Include a brief description that will be used for the conference program
  • Indicate the primary audience that will benefit the most from the session


The SCHSAC Conference Planning Workgroup typically receives well over 50 applications, and is able to select less than half of them. Through a rigorous review process, the workgroup strives to select the best of the best, while creating a balanced schedule for conference attendees.

  • Make your session stand out by providing an engaging title and description that makes readers want to participate
  • Keep in mind the things that participants consistently say they value about this annual event: networking, learning about and preparing for emerging trends, and hearing public health success stories—especially those they can replicate in their communities
  • Tailor your session to a primary audience (elected officials, those working with diverse communities, etc.), and what that audience will learn and use from your presentation (Will it feature tools?  Is it introductory, or more advanced? Etc.)
  • Remember that you will reach only a portion of your target audience, because attendees have many concurrent sessions from which they can choose

Additional Considerations

The conference planning workgroup will attempt to create an overall conference program that is balanced according to:

  • Content
  • Geography: Presenters will be selected from all regions of the state, to the extent possible
  • Organization: Over half of all sessions selected will come from local public health or community-based organizations; sessions demonstrating the state-local partnership are also desired
  • Format: A variety of formats are encouraged, but preference will be given to interactive sessions that suggest an audience participation component
  • Audience: Sessions will be selected that are appropriate for each of the conference's target audiences

The Conference Planning Workgroup reserves the right to recruit additional concurrent sessions to provide conference participants with the best learning opportunities available.

Submit Proposal

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You cannot save your application. Please have the following information ready prior to starting the process:

  • Descriptive title
  • Session format
  • Intended primary audience
  • 2-3 learning objectives that participants of your session will achieve
  • Description of the session which will be used in the conference program
  • Any context or background information that will help the selection committee make an informed decision
  • Contact information for the applicant and up to three presenters

You will receive a confirmation of submission within your internet browser.

Conference Fees for Selected Presenters

  • Conference registration fees will be waived for concurrent session presenters (maximum: three presenters per session); please indicate that you are a presenter when you register online
  • Presenters are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meal expenses, and can use the MDH conference website if they wish to purchase lodging or meals; reservations open July 15, 2015

Questions and Other Information

We encourage you to contact us with questions about the application process, application requirements, potential proposals, or the community health conference.